Searching for a job is all about convincing employers that you are the most skilled and suitable person for the position. Starting with your resume, there are tons of ways you can set yourself apart from other candidates who are after the same job. You can do that either by creating a resume with a unique design or format or even try out something out of the ordinary and surprise employers with any of these incredibly creative resume ideas.
If, however, you are not feeling too creative and don’t want to go overboard with the resume design, you can still work something out around more subtle lines: you can play with words.
So instead of using the same word or phrase-clichÃ©s on your resume you can give it a twist and create a different set of section settings and titles that aren’t so common and boring:
1. The Five-Year-Plan
Now this is something employers don’t come across very often when they look at resumes. Your ‘Five-Year Plan’ could be another way to explain your career objective and can work as a career summary. Since it sounds more specific, it helps employers understand where you are heading career-wise and how you see yourself in the future. It gives them a clear picture of what you want to do in the long-run and encourages them to think how they can make use of your skills within the given timeframe. It also shows them that you have certain goals, and you know where you career journey will take you.
2. Work Experience
As opposed to ‘Employment’, the heading ‘Work Experience’ sounds more informal, nevertheless it can be effective. That’s because it says exactly what employers want to see in this section; your experience on the job. Also, it’s more straightforward, sounds friendlier and helps recruiters understand what this section refers to without much effort, which is convenient considering they don’t spend much time on each resume.
3. Professional Training
There are many ways to describe the education section on your resume or even simply call it ‘Education’. But, that’s just too plain. When talking about your educational qualifications, you can refer to these as your ‘Professional Training’ which is nothing else but the truth. If you take the time to think about it, studying for a degree is preparation that helps you get in your chosen profession. In this sense, the years that you spent being a student were part of your training to become a professional.
4. Areas of Expertise
You can use this section heading to explain your professional skills in more depth. Here you can talk about the technical skills that you possess, professional certifications or any kind of special training that you’ve had that could make you a more competent candidate for the job. This shows employers that you have come to understand what this role is about and have effectively related your skills to the position, while taking into account your professional development.
5. Activities and Honors
If you want to talk about extra-circular activities that you have been involved in in the past, you can refer to these as ‘Activities and Honors’. Instead of including a boring section heading that says ‘Activities’, you make things more interesting by showing recruiters you have done something that’s exceptional and you are telling them to check it out. ‘Volunteer work’ could work well too here considering that employers will be scanning your resume to find out if you have been active within your community as a university student.
This can tie in well with the previous heading where you talk about activities, but you can go one step further. In this section you should mention any awards or recognition you have gained including any distinctions, publications or projects that you’ve completed. If you have more work experience you can talk about how your contribution helped the company to develop and give some more specific examples e.g. ‘A proposal I made which suggested a change in a policy brought a 20 percent of increase in company profits’.
See Also: The Ultimate Guide to Writing a Resume
As you know, success is in the details and the content – what goes in the resume is as important as the design which is what wraps up the resume. As such, you need to make sure you carefully pick out the words and phrases you use in your resume and make them work to your benefit. Coming up with a few creative headings and titles will get the employers’ attention.
So, what resume section headings and titles would you use to get the job? Let me know in the comments section below…;